Each time the discussion has started to plan the get-togethers, we always start with the idea of camping, but it's worked out to just find a home and take over for the whole weekend. The first time we got together, we were able to meet up at one of the couple's house in Indy. Last year, it worked to meet up at my parents' house while they were gone on vacation. This year, in a last minute decision, we invaded my parents' house yet again, only this time, they were there, too! Mom was recovering from her foot surgery and it just made it easier to share the house with my parents and sister.
Us, along with 3 other couples and their kids enjoyed all the amenities of my parents' house: swimming pool, hot tub, school playground, tons of toys for the kids, and even Segways! Another couple and their sweet baby girl were able to join us for the day on Saturday. We even squeezed in a maternity photo shoot with them (thanks David & Brianna!!). Even though it had been a year since we'd all gotten together, the minute everyone showed up, it was just like we were back in Lafayette and nothing had changed (although the multiplication of an added 6 kids with 2 more on the way does make the experience different!).
We had a blast and look forward to Reunion 2014!!
(This picture brings great smiles to my face to see all the expanding families! 5 kids ranging from ages 5 - 8 weeks old, along with 2 pregnant ladies made for a busy weekend! Next year's prediction is growth in the Cardinal family - haha!)